Khelo India State Centres of Excellence

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    Governance
  • Published
    25th Jun, 2020

The Ministry of Sports is all set to establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence under the Khelo India Scheme to bring former sporting champions to help budding athletes at grassroot-level and also to ensure a sustained source of income for them in the sports ecosystem.

Context

The Ministry of Sports is all set to establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence under the Khelo India Scheme to bring former sporting champions to help budding athletes at grassroot-level and also to ensure a sustained source of income for them in the sports ecosystem.

About

  • The Sports Ministry will establish 1000 Khelo India Centres (KIC) at the district level across the country. 
  • One such centre will be identified in each State and Union Territory with an aim to create a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country.
  • In the first leg, the Ministry has identified state-owned sports facilities in eight states including Karnataka, Odisha, Kerala, Telengana, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland which will be upgraded into Khelo India State Centre of Excellence.
  • The State and Union Territory will run the centre and build capacity to turn it into the world-class sporting facility.
  • They will be responsible for all aspects of management of the centre including, boarding, lodging and maintenance, while funds for expert coaches, supporting staff, equipments, infrastructure will be extended through the Khelo India Scheme. 

Khelo India Programme 

  • Launched in 218, Khelo India Programme is a national yojana/scheme for the development of sports in India.
  • The program strives to promote “Sports for Excellence” as well as “Sports for All”.

Eligibility under the scheme

  • The first category of athletes who will be considered are those who have represented India at recognised international competitions under a recognised NSF or association.
  • The second category is of medal winners in Senior National Championship conducted by a recognised NSF or a medal winner at the Khelo India Games.
  • The third category of past champions include those who have won medals in the National All India University Games.
  • The fourth category will include those who have represented the state in a Senior National Championship conducted by recognised NSFs or participated in Khelo India Games.
  • An exception has been made in the case of Jammu and Kashmir, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Ladakh, where coaches trained with NIS certification will also be eligible to apply.

Significance of the initiative

  • These centres will help to strengthen India’s pursuit for excellence in Olympics.
  • The effort will scale up the best sporting facilities available in each state into academies of world-class standard.

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